Forty-four years ago Brooklyn lost its beloved Dodger baseball team to Los Angeles, and an Angeleno community lost its home to a new stadium.
That's the pulse of performer-playwright Heather Woodbury's Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks. Six performances are scheduled for New York from Aug. 29 to Nov. 7
Each performance, held at different venues throughout the New York area, is unique, part of a larger narrative. The show's impetus is the impact the westward movement of the Dodger baseball team in 1957 had on two communities. Brooklynites were shattered by the team's departure and the destruction of its famed stadium, Ebbets Field; while a Mexican-American community in Los Angeles saw their homes and destroyed to make way for Dodger Stadium.
The series alternates between solo performances by Woodbury and performances with fellow artists, including filmmakers, visual artists, musicians and actors. The first six performances took place in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Described as a "living novel," Tale of 2Cities is a three year project Woodbury is creating during a residency at New York's Public Theater, with a $25,000 NEA/TCG fellowship. Woodbury's previous work, What Ever: An American Odyssey in 8 Acts, had a sold-out run in New York 1995.
Performance for Tale of 2Cities are as follows:
*Track 7: Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., Galapagos Arts Space, 70 North St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $5. (718) 384-4586.
*Track 8: Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., P.S. NBC@HERE, 145 Sixth Ave., NYC. Free. Reservations required. (212) 647-0202 ext. 300.
*Track 9: Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway, Upstairs, NYC. $5. (212) 665-9460.
*Track 10: Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., Galapagos Arts Space, 70 North St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $5. (718) 384-4586.
*Track 11: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., P.S. NBC@HERE, 145 Sixth Ave., NYC. Free. Reservations required. (212) 647-0202 ext. 300.
*Track 12: Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn. $5. (718) 857-4816.
— by Diane Snyder